SA TEACHERS SKIP CLASSES
proposed that the Quality Management System (QMS) replace IQMS. “Until Sadtu has signed it off, it cannot be implemented. It has been watered down by government because of politics,” the expert said.
The Council for Development and Enterprise commissioned researchers from the Joint Education Trust to look at the development of teacher professional standards in developed and developing countries. The study assessed the potential of teacher professional standards to improve teacher quality in South Africa.
The study proposed that government review IQMS and introduce teacher professional standards that have been implemented in a number of countries. “Teacher evaluation in South Africa should be both formative [aimed at personal growth of a teacher] and summative [undertaken as part of performance review focusing on teacher accountability],” it proposed.
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It said the evaluation should “appraise teacher performance, strengthen accountability and support professional development”.
It questioned QMS, saying it arguably suffered from a fundamental design fault. It recommended that the department of basic education (DBE) and provinces hold teachers accountable by maintaining a strict school timetable to avoid frequent skipping of classes.
It should institute a high level of managerial accountability and require teachers to be in class when they should to reduce the loss of learning time.
Although such moves were likely to be met with union resistance in forums such as the Education Labour Relations Council, the report said government should move from rhetoric to action on this matter using the deadlockbreaking mechanism provided for by law.
Commenting on the report, Rhodes University-based public